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New countertops bring new life to your home. We carry all types of materials including laminate, Corian, granite, and quartz. Each countertop surface has its strengths and weaknesses, such as cost, durability, sustainability, maintenance, selection, and heat resistance. We’re here to help you make the best choice for what you need while also expressing your personal style.
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Types of Countertop Surfaces
Modern technology and shifting trends have brought incredible improvements to the look and durability of laminate. Take, for instance, the image below. With the under-counter mounted sink, natural sheen, and tight edge, this laminate countertop looks like natural stone. This customer achieved the look she wanted, but for a quarter of the price of granite.
The most significant benefit with laminate is that it costs three to five times less than other popular surfaces. Modern technology has made it possible to create elaborate and exquisite edges profiles, several are displayed below. Laminate is low maintenance, stain resistant, and semi-heat resistant. All in all, laminate countertops make a big impression and are highly affordable.
Laminate countertops from Thomas are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. This low-emitting certification means our product contributes to healthy indoor air. With EQcountertops, we take sustainability to the next level. EQcountertops are manufactured with 100% pre-consumer recycled particle board, water-based adhesives, and GREENDGUARD Certified laminate. EQcountertops meet multiple green building standards, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and NAHB’s green building guidelines.
Corian is an engineered solid-surface that can be sculpted and shaped like fine wood. It can be made into any shape and is the only seamless countertop solution around. The best part is it looks and feels like stone, but provides considerable savings against granite or quartz. Unlike natural stone, it is nonporous and so never needs to be sealed. That way you don’t have to worry about stains. Corian is both heat and scratch resistant. With over one hundred colors to choose from, you will find exactly what you need.
Granite is an extremely popular material for countertops. The beautiful uniqueness of each slab of natural stone gives your kitchen or bathroom a personal character. Granite’s durability is almost legendary. It can endure knives, dropped pots, and oven-hot trays. It is sanitary, easy to clean, and only requires periodic sealing. Granite countertops are famous for a reason.
Quartz countertops look and feel like granite but without the drawbacks. It is 93% solid quartz that has been ground up and mixed with a bonding agent. It is formed into a solid slab that is usually harder than granite and does not need to be sealed. The surface is scratch resistant, stain resistant, and maintenance free. The comparison chart above shows quartz as peerless.
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